January 27, 2017
We are loving the way the new Hohepa range is sitting alongside our products.Hohepa's weaving offers a beautiful handmade softness that looks great paired with modern design.Blankets, cushions and Jackets have all been added to our store andyou can now shop online.Hohepa blankets and cushions, with Homebase Collections sideboard and pinhole light shade, all sitting on natural Nodi rug. All products available online now.Hohepa Blanket and Homebase Collections Geo Baby,with some new things I have been working on in my studio, more to come soon!Any questions or if you would like to pop up to our place to view in person email email@example.com Balquhidder Road, Napier, Hospital Hill
December 21, 2016
We are very excited to be exclusively stocking a range of beautifulproducts from the Hohepa Homes here in Hawkes Bay.Artistry on a local level, something honest and beautiful,created by the clever weavers at Hohepa's Rose Weavery,and now exclusively part of our collection!We have hand picked each piece, no two are the same.Natural- weaving with natural fibres such as wool, alpaca, mohair, possum, linen and cotton.Handmade- producing unique, one off, qualities that reflect the individual characters and skills that is fostered at the Rose Weavery.Social- enabling adults with an intellectual disability to have meaningful work in an Anthroposophical initiative.NZ Made- supporting local communities.Hand woven jacket, $340'Through living and working in community life, people with a disability will grow to experience satisfying lives with as much independence as possible. Curative education, social therapy, a rich cultural life and biodynamic land-use combine to make Hohepa unique in the way it encourages the development of body, soul and spirit for all.' Hohepa'Hohepa Homes was formed for the purpose of estblishing and maintaining home schools throughout NZ for the curative education and social therapy of children, young persons and adults with intellectual disability'Brigit wears the multi purpose woven blanket, $270Hand woven jacket $340Hand woven blanket, $320Hand woven blanket, $320Multi purpose blanket, $270Enquire for more information or images,or come up to my studio to view in firstname.lastname@example.org Balquhidder Road, Napier, Hospital Hill
November 21, 2016
Just recently at Homebase Collections we hosted one of Hawke's Bays F.A.W.C events. This Food and wine classic event, was close to our heart as we chose to celebrate New Zealand's Native flora and what better people to partner up with but Hapi.
Hapi prepared an indigenous feast of cocktails and canapes, all in someway incorporating native plants, flowers and berries. The setting for 120 was in our home at Balquhidder house, situated on Napier's Hill amongst mature native trees, Kauri, Totora and Beach, teaming with birds. As the event started with a Powhiri, when two Kereru flew in we knew it was blessed to be a special evening.
We wanted the evening to be super special, a lot of effort went into every detail to help create a magical experience. The aim was elaborate, to guide the guests, on que from one room to another. To experience a sense of moving from the forest to the sea. Billie Culy filled the house with native displays and as the guests moved from one sensory experience to the next, their senses were filled with incredible food and a sense of the forest around them.Sometimes it’s the simple things that make you the happiest, and we were so happy with the menu design. We wanted to create something that the guests could take home that they might want to keep, or maybe pin on their pin board. We wove some flax loops with a piece of beach, flax flower or rata. Each one unique. Thanks to Whale Slider from Aroha And Friends for the Type and layout!The feast Greta had come up with was elaborate and brave, so we wanted the menu to communicate what care and attention we pay to our surroundings and a comment on its importance culturally and environmentally.As you guests entered the house they walked under bundles of natives and moss we made, attached to a beautiful piece of wood found at Waipatiki beach.Dan tending to our garden fire pit that Greta cooked the meat on.From Homebase Collections Instagram,
August 31, 2016
Introducing: ENDEMICHapi Cafe and Homebase Collections are happy to announce our summer FAWC event like no other.artisan extravagance, of cocktails and canapés, dedicated to privileging our precious native flora.Hosted by the Culy family, at Balquhidder House.Napier, Saturday 12th November. 6:30pm - 9:30pmThis is an event not to be missed, you can purchase tickets on our online store: http://www.homebasecollections.co.nz/products/endemic-an-artisan-collboration
"Themed around our precious native flora, this stylish cocktail party brings together some of Hawke’s Bays most interesting folk for a night of music, art, good times, and ‘slow food’ morsels. You’ll hear from the chefs of Hapi about what inspires them and the importance of eating ‘real’ food. You can guarantee the food will be made from the heart with love. Set in the art gallery-like Balquidder House, home to the creative Culy family - this event will leave you inspired and your soul feeling nourished.
"The basis for rongoā Māori is taha wairua, the connection between all living things. Strengthening or restoring these connections using mātauranga Māori is the foundation of rongoā Māori practice."
This will be the inaugural event of our newly formed Slow Food Convivium, dedicated to growing our collective knowledge to utilise indigenous flora for kai and rongoā. Artisan collaborators for this event include - Leanne, Brian & Billie Culy of Homebase Collections; Piripi & Michelle Smith of Te Matau a Māui Voyaging Trust; Rakai & Melaina Karaitiana of Aroha & Friends; Jane Pierard & friends; Gretta Carney, Fleur du Fresne and Nelly Pegler of Hapī; Organic Ash; Emaraina Small of Mr Murdoch Vintage Caravan Bar; Tyne- Marie Nelson, and Juliet Harbutt.
Ticket includes a full evening of canapés and cocktails, live entertainment and interaction with fabulous local talent.
F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic is back and bigger than ever, dishing up a series of ‘out of the box’ food and wine events in stunning locations across Hawke’s Bay. This year we are popping the bubbles in celebration of F.A.W.C!’s fifth birthday. With 80 delectable events over 10 glorious Hawke’s Bay days, this truly is a celebration of all things food and wine in Hawke’s Bay. Thanks for being part of F.A.W.C! – go forth and lick those plates clean."
May 17, 2016
It Has been a busy month for us at Homebase!Brian and I have been working on a project for Atkins Ranch, photographing and filming passionate farmers all over the North Island.We are still working on the up and coming Black Barn Book. Here are a few new sneaky shots Brian has been working on.We also had the pleasure of working with the team from Capitol and WBC Resaurant in Wellington for Atkins Ranch, here is a little peak of some of the amazing food we were capturing. Photos by brian and styling and props by myself.Meanwhile Billie has been busy preparing for her show of photographic prints at thebeautiful new gallery in Hastings, Parlour Projects.Her opening night will be on the 1st of June. All welcome!306 Eastbourne Street East, Hastings.If you are going to be in the Bay this weekend then be sure to grab a ticket to Sunday With Milo And Mitzy and Opera Kitchen. Homebase will be one of the stallholders there, along with other clever Hawkes Bay creatives. We will have furniture, including our peg board bedside tables and sideboards for sale. It should be a fun afternoon with wine, shopping and some inspiring words from inspiring women.You can buy tickets at Opera Kitchen, or email email@example.com